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A colorful and opinionated guide to Milwaukee businesses, 1877

Milwaukee Illustrated: its trade, commerce, manufacturing interests, and advantages as a residence city


After the Civil War, economic and social growth increased rapidly as railroads and other means of communication and transportation linked Wisconsin to the East. Meatpacking and brewing began to assume a greater economic importance in Milwaukee in the 1860s. By the late nineteenth century, Milwaukee was a major industrial center, with thousands of workers employed in tanneries, foundries, packing plants, and other manufactures. This book, produced by one of the city's elite residents, W.W. Coleman, provides an overview of the city's history and a tour of the neighborhoods, before launching into an extended, and somewhat opinionated, description of the major industries and commercial operations.

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Related Topics: Immigration and Settlement
Industrialization and Urbanization
The Founding of Major Cities
The Rise of Skilled Manufacturing
Creator: Coleman, W.W.
Pub Data: Milwaukee, Wis. : W.W. Coleman, [1877]. (pamphlet 57-451)
Citation: Coleman, W.W. "Milwaukee Illustrated: its trade, commerce, manufacturing interests, and advantages as a residence city." (Milwaukee, Wis. : W.W. Coleman, [1877]); online facsimile at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1212 Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1212; Visited on: 4/23/2014
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